Brock Bingaman is a fellow Oklahoman (I don't know if he would claim that) who is headed back to Chicago to start a PhD-- which makes me all the more bummed that we're moving. Here is the bit on Brock from the book/Orme's blog:
Reading The Shaping of Things to Come and I was captured by the story of Brock Bingaman--a church planter turned shoe salesman/missional leader. Brock went to San Francisco as a church planter and ended up opening the Subterranean Shoe Room. Here is what he had to say:
"No one in San Francisco wants another church, but they do want a cool shoe room. If we come to plant a church, we're not perceived as doing anyone any favors. But if we are starting a cafe, an internet launderette, or a day-care center, we're seen as bringing some intrinsic value to a community. We're serving those whom we're sent."
The store was later sold and has since closed. But, you can still read the city-search review of the store here.
Church in the Missional Mode | Mike Frost // An extended piece about Brock.